Danny Mills believes West Ham manager David Moyes chose to start Michail Antonio ahead of Sebastien Haller as he knows “what you’re going to get” from him.
The former Leeds and England full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has heralded the work rate of the 29-year-old and says it is why he was selected to start against Manchester City.
The Irons slipped to a 2-0 defeat against the reigning Premier League champions, Moyes admitting he chose Antonio because of his speed up front.
Mills says that the former Nottingham Forest star has a remarkable work ethic and that it is his selfless running which kept Haller on the bench.
“You know what you’re going to get from him, he works his socks off, he’s going to run himself into the ground,” Mills told Football Insider.
“He’s going to work tirelessly, put defenders under pressure, give you an out ball at times, chase lost causes.
“Sometimes at this stage of the season, although you’ll look to someone like a Haller and think: ‘He might nick us a goal, I want someone who’s going to work his socks off, put the other team under pressure and I know what I’m going to get.'”
Haller has been a mainstay for West Ham since joining the club in summer, with six goals in 24 appearances in the Premier League.
With the Frenchman not featuring in the league for the first time since August, Antonio now has seven top-flight starts under his belt this season.